(Reuters) - A man suspected of shooting a woman dead in her living room and wounding four of their children after a domestic dispute in Alabama was in police custody on Thursday, a law enforcement official told reporters.
The suspect, who was not identified, apparently arrived at the woman's home late Wednesday asking to see his children and was blocked from entering, according to Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper and local media reports.
A witness later heard several gunshots, said Roper, noting there was a history of domestic violence at the home.
The suspected shooter was arrested about six hours later after being found sleeping in the front seat of a vehicle, the police chief said.
"He was compliant and actually seemed relieved to be arrested," Roper said.
The injured children, aged 5, 8, 11 and 12, were in stable condition, while four other children at the home were not hurt, Roper said. The suspect said he was the father of all eight kids, according to the police chief.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee and Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Editing by Tom Heneghan and Phil Berlowitz)